Vaping may be associated with contracting coronavirus: study

Aug 26 2020, 12:26 pm

Young people who reported ever having used e-cigarettes were five times more likely than non-users to test positive for COVID-19, according to a new study.

The Washington State Department of Health (WSDOH) announced on Wednesday that recent state data shows adults ages 20 to 39 represent a higher percentage of coronavirus cases than any other age group in the state.

They have associated the relation to e-cigarette usage, as vaping among teens and young adults in our state has skyrocketed. Nearly 30% of high school seniors told the WSDOH that they use vapor products.

“During the pandemic, people need to do everything possible to keep their lungs healthy. This means quitting e-cigarettes and tobacco,” said Kathy Lofy, MD, State Health Officer, in a press release. “It is so important for people to take advantage of the free tools available to help them break the grip e-cigarettes and tobacco have on them.”

Those hoping to quit vaping or smoking can access This is Quitting from Truth Initiative, which is a free teen-friendly texting program for quitting vaping that was created with input from teens and young adults who attempted or succeeded in quitting e-cigarettes. To enroll, teens and young adults can text VAPEFREEWA to 88709.

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